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In this explosive, controversial, and profoundly alarming insider’s report, Senator Bob Graham reveals faults in America’s national security network severe enough to raise fundamental questions about the competence and honesty of public officials in the CIA, the FBI, and the White House.

For 10 years, Senator Graham served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he had access to some of the nation’s most closely guarded secrets. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Graham co-chaired a historic joint House-Senate inquiry into the intelligence community’s failures. 

From that investigation and his own personal fact-finding, Graham discovered disturbing evidence of terrorist activity and a web of complicity:

  • At one point, a terrorist support network conducted some of its operations through Saudi Arabia’s U.S. embassy - and a funding chain for terrorism led to the Saudi royal family. 
  • In February 2002, only four months after combat began in Afghanistan, the Bush administration ordered General Tommy Franks to move vital military resources out of Afghanistan for an operation against Iraq - despite Franks’s privately stated belief that there was a job to finish in Afghanistan, and that the war on terrorism should focus next on terrorist targets in Somalia and Yemen. 
  • Throughout 2002, President Bush directed the FBI to limit its investigations of Saudi Arabia, which supported some and possibly all of the September 11 hijackers.
  • The White House was so uncooperative with the bipartisan inquiry that its behavior bore all the hallmarks of a cover-up.
  • The FBI had an informant who was extremely close to two of the September 11 hijackers, and actually housed one of them, yet the existence of this informant and the scope of his contacts with the hijackers were covered up.
  • There were 12 instances when the September 11 plot could have been discovered and potentially foiled. 
  • Days after 9/11, U.S. authorities allowed some Saudis to fly, despite a complete civil aviation ban, after which the government expedited the departure of more than one hundred Saudis from the United States. 
  • Foreign leaders throughout the Middle East warned President Bush of exactly what would happen in a postwar Iraq, and those warnings went either ignored or unheeded. 

As a result of his Senate work, Graham has become convinced that the attacks of September 11 could have been avoided, and that the Bush administration’s war on terrorism has failed to address the immediate danger posed by al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. His book is a disturbing reminder that at the highest levels of national security, now more than ever, intelligence matters. 

©2004 Senator Bob Graham and J. Nussbaum (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

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  • Greg
  • 11-10-2004

Open your eyes

Republican, Democrat or Independent - this book will open your eyes. This book provides a detailed (almost too detailed) view into what happened in the 9/11 Commission Reports efforts to unravel what happened. It is startling information that shines light on the Saudi involvement in 9/11 and our administrations protection of this information. I am a registered Republican and did not see this in a defensive light. But it did shine the light on many unaddressed dangers that our Government has failed to address adequately. I appreciated the inside view to what has gone on behind the scenes. It opened my eyes. Citizens of this country owe it to themselves to go beyond sound bites and educate themselves on what really goes on. This book is a good start.

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  • Andrea
  • 22-09-2004

Utterly disturbing

Anyone who plans to vote this November should definitely read this book - or at least the 9/11 Commission Report. I cannot articulate how strongly this book has affected my political position. It completely changed my view on Iraq. A must-read for every American.

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  • Isaac
  • 05-02-2006

Good book, terrible reader

It is very interesting to get the insight of the chairman of the senate intellegence comittee on the current terrorist threat and organizations that comabat it. On the one hand, Grahm is a partisan senator who vigourously dissaproves of the acts of the Bush administration. On the other he is far more in the know than the endless line of pundits who have churned these issues over the last few years. Jonathan Marosz
is the worst reader I have come across and I said I would never listen to him again, but this book was worth putting up with him.

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  • Billzen
  • 19-03-2005

A must listen!

Senator Bob Graham has done an outstanding job of meticulously detailing the intelligence failures related to the 9/11 terrorist attack. This is an eye-opening book and raises serious concerns about the health of democracy in America. Had Senator Graham not written this book we would be blissfully ignorant of the political distortions surrounding 9/11. This is a must read (listen) for those who care about the future and safety of America!

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  • Fahad Al-thani
  • 26-07-2019

A note on "intelligence matters"

Senator Bob Graham is a habitual noter of what occurs during his day, One would find everything laid out bair in his book. From political bargaining on giving membership of committees to administrative forms that produce a giving outcome. Whether that outcome is negative or positive. Some are still present from back then until today, The narrative would catch from the beginning. However then the let downs that occured after , would make one wonder how did that happen? Those who learn from the past will be better prepared for the future.

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  • REED
  • 12-08-2017

very interesting and insightful.

loved it!
well written , exceptional performance and exciting insights into the intelligence committee.
some parts were very technical but un

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  • John Fusaro
  • 21-01-2016

I loved the book

great insight from a well-respected senator and governor of America's failure in preventing 911 when the writing was on the wall

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  • Rev. David B. Smith
  • 15-06-2015

Highly informative even if it is written by a politician!

'Intelligence Matters' is highly informative and full of insight, even if the 'patriotism' of the author means that he can only ever see the world's problems from the perspective of how it affects Americans.

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  • Walter
  • 31-01-2006

Authoritative and Organized, not Scintillating

Bob Graham like a lot of intelligence men is serious about being serious. This book amounts to a long position paper, but it is tastefully done and careful about the facts. His real point is, not about politics, but about his model for achieving integrity in intelligence.

I found it thoroughly enjoyable. If you aren’t huge fan of Wolfowitz you probably won’t agree with Graham’s position, but you should still find the book tasteful and respectful.

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  • Mike
  • 24-06-2005

Too much Politics

There was altogether too much Bush bashing, and not enough attention to the subject.

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